IRS Form 8621 for PFICs (Foreign Mutual Funds)

PFIC: How Non-US Mutual Funds are a 4-letter word to Americans Overseas

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Many Americans living outside the US have visited their local bank to be told that they are not allowed to purchase investment products outside the US, often without being told any more details as to why not.  While Americans can and should directly own investments outside the US (I personally own and buy for US […]

Vanguard Stock Mutual Funds PB vs ROE ratios March 2018

Top Vanguard Mutual Funds for Enhanced Asset Allocation

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Vanguard is synonymous with low-cost, passive investing.  Here I present some charts showing some metrics that can be used to enhance an asset allocation of the top Vanguard mutual funds even among these broadly diversified, passive funds. Despite my disagreements with him, Jack Bogle remains one of the foundational figures of today’s investing world I […]

G for got it - what I hope a 10 year old child will say after buying their 10 first stocks

10 first stocks to buy a 10-year old to start investing early

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My latest article describes how to choose the 10 first stocks to buy a 10-year old, and why I think it’s important to start kids investing in individual companies rather than mutual funds from an early age. As I disclose: I bought Coca-cola for my older child and PepsiCo for my younger child because they […]

How GFM makes investing simple

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What is the big difference between investing with GFM vs investing with any of the other financial advisors and brokers in the large financial services industry?  This was the question I aimed to answer in a single picture. In short, I aim to make investing as direct and simple as possible.  In the below picture, […]

The 2%/50% rule: How fees and under-diversification can cost half a pension

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In my previous post, I mentioned that one of the top 10 lessons I learned in my first 10 years of investing my salary savings, bonuses, and 401(k) contributions is to beware of high-fee, low-service mutual funds and financial products.  As a professional myself, I of course understand the need for professionals who manage and […]

How I invested my first 10 years of savings, bonuses and 401(k)/IRA contributions and top 10 lessons learned

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Of all the habits I started early in my career, I would rank the habit of paying myself first, saving at least 10% of my income, saving rather than spending 100% of bonuses, and avoiding consumer debt as close to #1 as having paid off well and being well worth teaching my children and grandchildren. […]

Invest by Model or by Judgement? Join the #Buyside Debate @LipperLeaders @thomsonreuters

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Thomson Reuters advertised the question of whether predictive modeling or human judgement is more important to generating alpha by fund managers on the site BuysideDebate.com As of the time I cast my vote, opinions still seem evenly split, but with more conviction on the model side than the human judgement side (and I doubt that’s […]

Understanding the "Fiduciary Rule" and why investor education is so important

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Update on March 8th: Tony Robbins recently posted a video similarly emphasizing investor education on Investopedia. Last Friday, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order which may halt the planned application of the “fiduciary rule” to large numbers of financial advisors and product providers to retirement plans.  Opponents criticize this move as helping hide […]

Brief Review of @Motif Investing Platform

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This year, I started looking at the Motif investing platform, and for my clients, offering managed accounts through Motif Advisor. Basically, Motif is a different type of online broker that, rather than selling you stocks one at a time, allows you to trade in “Motifs” (basically baskets of up to 30 US-listed stocks or ETFs) for a […]

How Your Financial Advisor Gets Paid: One of the Most Important Questions to Ask

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Early in my Wall Street career (but not in business school nor my pre B-school career, somehow) I learned one of the most important lessons I ever learned in business: if you want to understand why different professionals do what they do and don’t bother doing other things you might want them to do, look […]